Johnny Douglas (William Eythe) investigates a train robbery, committed by brothers Paul (George Reeves) and Edmond Devereaux (Paul Valentine), in which Lucille Peters (Kasey Rogers) father (Walter Baldwin) was killed.
May 2, 2011 Subject:
average semidocumentary crime drama
This is an example of the semidocumentary crime dramas that were in vogue in the late 1940s and early 1950s, showing the methods and resources used by authorities to track down criminals, with occasional voice-over commentaries reminiscent of the newsreels of the time. Other examples available on the archive are T-Men (1947), He walked by night (1948), Port of New York and Trapped (1949).
Special Agent presents us with a story that we have seen countless times before: a crime is committed; the authorities look for the criminals; the authorities arrest the criminals. Unfortunately, Special Agent does not stand out from the many other versions of the same tale: the preparation of the heist is not shown, dialogue is perfunctory and no scene is memorable in spite of the respectable job done by the actors. Moreover, the film was unfortunately not well preserved, resulting in one of the blurriest prints I've seen on the archive. This is no fault of the uploader, and I thank him for making this print available; after all, a blurry print is better than no print at all. However, the blurriness makes certain scenes unviewable.
In contrast, T-Men and He walked by night offer bravura performances and memorable scenes. Trapped also has better dialogue and more tension, although overall it is not on par with the other two. Try these first, and keep Special Agent for later.
Reviewer:Dr Feel Rotten
November 12, 2010 Subject:
This is a pretty good movie with great acting
Except at the very end when the brothers fight over the money the acting was really well done.The script was excellent too. The only down side is the print quality which is blurry and dark which makes it tough to watch at times. if not for the print quality i would give it 4 stars, but the print knocks it down to 3 for me.
Of course the good guy gets the girl and this time a boatload of rug rats, but that's to be expected when ya get the dame. No fun without it.